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Tyson Fresh Meats settles with OFCCP for $2.25 million


Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., a subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc, has entered into a consent decree with the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs to settle allegations of sex discrimination.  Tyson Fresh Meats will pay a total of $2.25 million in back wages, interest and benefits to more than 1,650 qualified female applicants who were rejected for employment at four locations throughout the midwest.  The company has also agreed to offer jobs to at least 220 of the affected women as positions become available at these locations.

The outcome resulted from scheduled compliance reviews of the four facilities when OFCCP determined that Tyson Fresh Meats violated E.O. 11246 which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sex.   Also, as part of the agreement, the company will undertake extensive self-monitoring and corrective measures to ensure that its employment practices fully comply with the law.  

The consent decree resolves the latest lawsuit in a string of lawsuits brought by OFCCP against various subsidiaries of Tyson Foods.  In 2008, an administrative law judge found that one of the subsidiaries, TNT Crust, systematically discriminated against Latino applicants in its entry-level hiring process.  Last year, OFCCP settled a case against another subsidiary, Tyson Refrigerated Processed Meats after finding evidence of discrimination against 157 African-American and 375 Caucasian job applicants.

Tyson Foods is a major supplier for the U.S. Department of Defense and Agriculture and has government contracts totaling more than $200 million in each of the past three years.

To see the OFCCP press release, go to http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/OFCCP20110799.htm